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Street Seats: Reimagining the Public Bench


Bowsprit (Winner); location: Gillette public dock; Rui Chen, Christa Lee, Sanchit Mittal, Wendell Wilson; Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta; materials: sustainably harvested teak and sheet aluminum. Photo by Conor MacDonald. Bowsprit (Winner); location: Gillette public dock; Rui Chen, Christa Lee, Sanchit Mittal, Wendell Wilson; Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta; materials: sustainably harvested teak and sheet aluminum. Photo by Conor MacDonald. LuminUS (2nd place); location: Summer Street Bridge; Courtney Borelli, Guy Compagnone, Kara Hanson, Gilbert Hsu, Elizabeth Jaeger, Eda Muco; Dyer Brown Architects & Chapman Construction, Boston; materials: concrete infused with recycled glass, steel, photovoltaic panel. Photo by Conor MacDonald. LuminUS (2nd place); location: Summer Street Bridge; Courtney Borelli, Guy Compagnone, Kara Hanson, Gilbert Hsu, Elizabeth Jaeger, Eda Muco; Dyer Brown Architects & Chapman Construction, Boston; materials: concrete infused with recycled glass, steel, photovoltaic panel. Photo by Conor MacDonald.
Ola; location: 303 Congress Street; Francisco Carbajal, Hiroshi Ikenaga, Daniel Olvera, Alice Pegman, Carla Santillán, Karime Tosca; Diseño Neko, Mexico City; materials: cast aluminum recycled from old engine pistons, and laser-cut sheet steel. Photo by Conor MacDonald. Ola; location: 303 Congress Street; Francisco Carbajal, Hiroshi Ikenaga, Daniel Olvera, Alice Pegman, Carla Santillán, Karime Tosca; Diseño Neko, Mexico City; materials: cast aluminum recycled from old engine pistons, and laser-cut sheet steel. Photo by Conor MacDonald. Chroma (People’s choice); location: Harborwalk near Gillette public dock; Arvin Abadilla, Jason Cooper, Justin Cumming, Kat Hoy, Ian Schon, Eric Whewell; Make Stuff Lab, Boston; materials: locally-sourced hardwood, steel reclaimed from retail fixtures (clothing racks). Photo by Conor MacDonald. Chroma (People’s choice); location: Harborwalk near Gillette public dock; Arvin Abadilla, Jason Cooper, Justin Cumming, Kat Hoy, Ian Schon, Eric Whewell; Make Stuff Lab, Boston; materials: locally-sourced hardwood, steel reclaimed from retail fixtures (clothing racks). Photo by Conor MacDonald.
Arbortecture; location: Atlantic Wharf; Teddy Slowik; Novatona, Chicago; material: fallen trees from Boston windstorms. Photo by Conor MacDonald. Arbortecture; location: Atlantic Wharf; Teddy Slowik; Novatona, Chicago; material: fallen trees from Boston windstorms. Photo by Conor MacDonald.

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In September 2012, the Design Museum of Boston issued a challenge to artists and architects worldwide: Create cool, comfortable, sustainable public seating for Boston’s Fort Point Channel. Designers from 23 countries submitted 170 entries, from which a panel of judges chose 20 semifinalists. Now visitors, workers, and residents in this thriving neighborhood can rest their weary bones in style — through October 28.